Rolf’s 2016 Vintage Report

Hectic, full-on, satisfying and rewarding are four words to describe the 2016 vintage for us. The initial big question was how early will the vintage start and what will it be like after the summer with low rainfall. The grape harvest began at the same time as 2015 and followed a very similar pattern as well. Our first crops of Carignan and Tannat from our Riedl Vineyards block at Vine Vale are now in barrel, to be bottled young and fresh. We have been amazed by how good everything looked and the wines that we have made. We’ve seen high quality, above average yields, vibrant colours and flavours. When I compare 2015 and 2016 to 2005 and 2006, there’s not much between them. They will both be exceptional vintages so stay tuned for those releases.

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